Wike blasts Amaechi for stopping Trans-Kalabari link road

The River State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, has blasted the incumbent governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi, for cancelling the Trans-Kalabari link road.

Mr. Wike told his supporters during his campaign rally in Buguma, Asari-Toru Local Government that the termination of the project had negatively affected the economy of the people of Kalabari.

“The Trans-Kalabari link road started by former Governor Peter Odili was cancelled by the outgoing Amaechi administration; that singular act negatively affected the Kalabari economy,” Mr Wike said.

“When we take over governance on May 29, the construction of the Trans-Kalabari link road will be given priority. I will dutifully revive the Kalabari economy, using this road as a stepping stone.”

He said if elected into office he would sand-fill the area and undertake the reclamation of land in the largely riverine area.

He promised to execute the shoreline protection project for Asari-Toru and rebuild the dilapidated General Hospital, Buguma.

He said that the Kalabari people will benefit from his administration as the deputy governor, Ipalibo Banigo, will pay a vital role for the growth of the state.

Speaking at the event, former Rivers PDP governorship aspirant, Ibinabo West, declared that the emergence of Mr. Wike will lead to a PDP victory in the state.

A Kalabari PDP leader, Sogboma Jackriss, stated that his group had agreed to work with Mr. Wike for the total victory of PDP.

In his remarks, Asari-Toru PDP chairman, Thom-Amachree, said Mr. Wike had led with integrity and earned the support of the people.

Mr. Wike and his running mate, Mrs. Banigo received a royal endorsement at the palace of Amayanabo of Kalabari, King TJT Princewill, Amachree XI.


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  • concernednigerian

    That was well said, Wike. But what we do not want again is the failure to recognise that Kalabari-Ijaw produces 50% of oil and 56% of the gas in the state, yet 80% of the budget on capital expenditure is being utilised in the upland area mostly, Ikwerre. Nobody has anything against the Ikwerre people. Indeed Southern Ikwerre are allies of Kalabari-Ijaw in the numerous wars against fellow Ijaw city-states of Okrika, Bonny and Nembe-Brass. Ikwerre is not actually an oil producing community hence relatively free from environmental pollution. Ikwerre produces only 6% of the oil in the state, hence the Ijaw city-states account for the revenue allocation from Abuja to the state. How then do you justify spending 80% of the capital expenditure on a people that contribute nothing to revenue accumulation? The twisted logic Governors from the upland, beginning with Odili and made worse by Amaechi is that Kalabari is developed already. That is a fallacy. Kalabari is highly educated and civilised for being the dominant trading state in the Gulf of Guinea in pre-colonial times and establishing the Kalabari National College as early as 1938. Wike will have to improve upon the dismal performance of previous upland governors because the Rivers-Ijaws are not going to accept business as usual especially now that Amaechi has given them an Ibani-Ijaw as the APC governorship candidate. Rivers State may consider voting for Jonathan in the Presidential election and Tamuno-Kuku Peterside in the Gubernatorial election. The jury is still out on the issue hence Wike is not home and dry.